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Tuesday, October 27, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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State making headway on rail safety

A couple of recent developments show that Washington state is doing what it can to ensure safer passage and to develop an emergency response strategy.

Stuckart to ask City Council to reconsider ballot measure fining coal, oil trains

City Council President Ben Stuckart said it may have been “hasty” to ask voters if the city should fine coal and oil train operators and will ask the measure be withdrawn from the ballot at the council meeting Monday. Opponents had said the council was stepping on the toes of Congress and the Department of Transportation by considering the ban.

Slow progress seen on rupture-prone rail cars

Slow progress has been made on efforts to upgrade or replace tens of thousands of rupture-prone rail cars used to transport oil and ethanol, despite numerous fiery derailments that prompted new rules for the industry, U.S. safety officials said Tuesday.

West Coast states meet to share oil spill-response efforts

Washington and Oregon environmental regulators said Tuesday that regional coordination and planning exercises such as drills aided in their response to the fiery train derailment along the Columbia River earlier this month.

Shawn Vestal: Safety upgrades for rail tank cars coming much too slowly

Something to consider about the 30,000-gallon tank cars full of Bakken crude oil that regularly pass through Spokane: The oil industry says the “arbitrary, capricious” federal government must give it more time to make the cars safer. The leaking tank cars in Mosier suggest otherwise.